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2012 Summer Olympics I

As always, I find myself attracted to the Olympics for reasons that I cannot always articulate. I recognize the shortcomings and at least some of the issues – perhaps it would be more accurate to say I recognize shortcomings and issues exist. NBC’s coverage leaves much to be desired. Still I watch every moment I can.

As always, during those moments, I struggle to understand gymnastics. It happens every year. I just can’t seem to grasp the scoring.

I realize that landing on one’s feet is preferable, far preferable, to landing on one’s butt. That’s where I would spend most of my time. I concede the skill and athleticism of the gymnasts.

After watching for a while, I can distinguish between the superb gymnasts and the absolute elite. But I find myself baffled by what makes the difference between the top athletes. Baffled I watch, unable to explain who wins and why, oblivious to disputes. But watch I do.

See you along the Trail.



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